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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Man with Abdominal Pain

Something More Than a Pain in the Gut

If you, or someone you know, suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you know how inconvenient it can be. IBS refers to a disorder of the lower intestinal tract that can cause pain and embarrassing situations. Stress often makes it worse. It is one of the most common intestinal problems seen by doctors.

What To Look Out For

Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. IBS symptoms may be worse in patients who also have stress or mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. However, it is important to understand that these conditions do not cause IBS. Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal distention
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Pain which
    • comes and goes
    • is reduced or goes away after a bowel movement
    • occurs after meals
  • Chronic and frequent constipation, usually accompanied by pain
  • Chronic and frequent diarrhea, usually accompanied by pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite

Drexel Gastroenterology

Drexel Gastroenterology expertly treats patients with digestive health disorders. Our regionally and nationally recognized experts work with your primary care physician to ensure the highest standard of care. Our patients have access to Drexel Medicine's Center for Digestive Health, which has been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and provides outpatient colonoscopies in a comfortable setting.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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